Articles by Rhett Butler

Rhett Butler is the founder and CEO of Mongabay. He also servers as managing editor.

Rainforests: the year in review 2017

Between America's abandonment of leadership on conservation and environmental policy, Brazil's backtracking on forest conservation, massive forest fires worldwide, and the revelation of a sharp increase in global forest loss…

China’s log imports fall sharply

China's log imports fell sharply in 2015, according to official customs data. As reported by the International Tropical Timber Organization's ITTO TTM Report: 20:4, China’s log imports in 2015 amounted…

Zika virus and climate change

Zika virus is transmitted by a mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant ponds. One adult Aedes mosquito can lay up to 1,000 eggs during her adult life of less…
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